In a letter sent to Union Minister Piyush Goyal , Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik requested his assistance in getting the Center to take an additional 20 lakh MT of excess rice for the Kharif Marketing Season 2022–23. On of March 22, 65.23 LMT of paddy, or 44.23 LMT of Kharif CMR, had been purchased. Within 24 to 48 hours of the paddy purchase, MSP dues of roughly Rs 13,081 crore had been remitted to the bank accounts of the farmers.
“It is anticipated that the State would purchase roughly 10 lakh MT of CMR in the next Rabi (KMS 2022-23). As a result, it is likely that 54 lakh MT CMR will be purchased during KMS 2022–23. 24 lakh MT of rice would be consumed by Odisha on its own via the NFSA, SFSS, and other welfare programs. For the State of Odisha, the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India, has set a goal of 10.33 LMT (4 LMT in the first phase and 6.33 in the second) of fortified parboiled rice for FCI to accept during KMS 2022–23 (Kharif). As a result, the State would have an excess of 20 lakh MT of rice. It said, “It said.
The CM further stated, drawing Goyal’s attention to the issue, “Non-evacuation of the above quantity of surplus rice from the State will severely affect the State’s paddy procurement operations in the coming seasons as well as it will adversely impact the livelihood of lakhs of farmers of the State whose main source of earning is through MSP operations of paddy procurement.”
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